Seattle: Wallace Falls Loop

This mostly forested loop climbs 1,250 feet to three misty waterfalls and dynamite views of the Olympic Mountains.
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Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.0



Location: 47.8578681945801, -121.701820373535

Walk .3 mi. N; R onto May Creek Rd. In .7 mi., L @ Y onto Ley Rd. to park entrance in .4 mi. Trailhead is @ SE end of parking lot


Location: 47.8669662475586, -121.678016662598

Head E on wide trail flanked by salmonberry and blackberry bushes; enjoy views of Mt. Baring, Gunn Peak, Merchant Peak


Location: 47.8662185668945, -121.671714782715

R @ Y; follow Woody Trail within view of swift Wallace River; cross stream on bridge


Location: 47.867431640625, -121.671951293945

Hard L for .3-mi. detour on Small Falls Interpretive Trail, passing through stands of red alder, hemlock, red cedar


Location: 47.8722991943359, -121.66242980957

After detour, take trail along river (on R); ascend gently. After boardwalk, continue straight where RR grade comes in on L. Cross North Fork of Wallace River


Location: 47.872615814209, -121.655799865723

Lower Wallace Falls tumbles down granite into pool; trail leaves river for ascent to Middle Wallace Falls, which plunges 265 ft. to pool, then ripples down to 2nd pool


Location: 47.8740844726562, -121.649047851562

More views of Middle Wallace Falls, and Olympic Mtns. to SW; trail links riverside to a forest with mossy boulders


Location: 47.8751678466797, -121.646598815918

Upper Wallace Falls, hemmed by red cedars and hemlocks. Retrace route past waterfall viewpoints


Location: 47.8738670349121, -121.658584594727

Cross bridge over North Fork of Wallace River; turn R @ next jct. for trail linking to Old Railroad Grade


Location: 47.8743515014648, -121.660530090332

Turn L, staying on Old Railroad Grade


Location: 47.8748664855957, -121.675514221191

Stay L @ Y; look for RR trestle ruins in woods


Location: 47.8712844848633, -121.67936706543

Path opens up; follow to WPT 4, then return to bus stop